New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, upper board blindstamped, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Love is more powerful than separation, but / the latter is more lasting" (from "Twenty Sonnets to Mary Queen of Scots"). Preeminent Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky’s third collection in English translation. Published the year after he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity," this collection is an amalgam of two books of verse he wrote over the course of 25 years, with poems originally written in English and translations by Brodsky himself, including his best-known long poem "Gorbunov and Gorchakov." Mild embrowning to endpapers from binder's glue; light soiling and edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #5367